SWAN Hills MLA Frank Alban has announced plans to construct a new bus station in the centre of Ellenbrook.
Speaking at a community transport forum he hosted last week, Mr Alban said the proposed station – which would be completed before the upgrade of Lord Street to prepare for the Bus Rapid Transit was completed – would be built at a site on The Parkway that currently houses a communications tower.
“The new location of the Ellenbrook bus station has been made possible by the agreement to relocate the communications tower,” he said.
“This central location is closer to the shopping heart of Ellenbrook (The Shops) than the previous proposal.”
The State Government announced the resurrection of the Bus Rapid Transit system in May.
Due to start later this year, the project would see a nine-kilometre connection along Lord Street for buses between Ellenbrook town centre and Marshall Road in Dayton.
It would also become WA’s first dedicated bus corridor, with separate lanes via bridges and underpasses at Gnangara Road, Park Street and Youle-Dean Road, as well as bus priority at Marshall Road.
Initially, the route was to run from the bus transfer station at the intersection of Lord Street and Gnangara Road, over 2km away from the centre.
However, Mr Alban said the community needed something more accessible.
“It has an added benefit that it is within walking distance for students of Ellenbrook Christian College,” he said.
“A further benefit for seniors is that the new location is in the immediate precinct of the Ellenbrook Police Station and the proposed St John Ambulance site.”
It is understood that the commencement of the Bus Rapid Transit, which Mr Alban claimed would save 10 minutes per journey into the city, would be delayed by three months to allow for the relocation of the phone tower.